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30 miles from tripoli, government troops retook most of zhaoia today after almost a week of bitter fighting. hospital officials report dozens of deaths on both sides. in the east, where the rebels control almost all the big cities there were new bombing raids by the libyan air force. the opposition fired back with anti-eight, guns. in addition to being held by the rebels, that part of libya is the backbone of the country's petroleum industry. many of the oil fields are there as well as five big terminals where tankers are loaded for export. there are three refineries, a natural gas plant, and an important pipeline that runs up the coast. today, as mandy clark reports, oil production became a target. >> reporter: it was a spectacular attack on a target both sides have avoided so far-- libya's oil infrastructure. these columns of black smoke are rising from the oil terminal at
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sidr, which was right on today's front lines. the rebels say qaddafi's warplanes hit the facility as their anti-eight, guns tried to down the bombers. libyan government blamed anti-qaddafi forces in sticking to their usual rhetoric, al qaeda. further down the road, the rebels launched an attack to retake the town of bin jawaad, and by the end of the day, claimed they had clawed back the territory they lost in recent days. but it was a costly victory. a steady stream of wounded reached the hospital. fadhil saleh abu bakr was injured monday in the fighting for bin jawaad. "i was hit by shrapnel from a mortar round. they are targeting ambulances and civilians. it's not a war. they're destroying everything," he told us. most of the people who come to
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this hospital at least know where their loved ones are, but there are many more families who simply don't know the fate of the missing. he turned on libyan state television last night and saw his cousins tied up and displayed as rebel prisoners captured in bin jawaad. that one? he showed us the video and insisted neither man was a fighter. how does it make you feel when you look at this? "i feel angry. these are young people. how can they end up in a situation like this?" he told us. the world may be shocked at the spectacle of burning oil pipelines, but it's the cost in human lives that's on the minds of most libyans tonight. mandy clark, cbs news, agdibiya. >> couric: meanwhile, mark phillips has made it to answer, a, where iia, ah, where qaddafi loyalists have fought bloody
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battle with the opposition. mark other both side were claiming victory today, but what did you see when you were out and about? >> reporter: the government has been claiming victory for at least two days here but it has been impossible to get here until now. to get here we had to travel on back roads. we passed at least seven checkpoints. saw at least three dug-in positions including tankes. this still looks like a town under siege. very much the feel of a fortified town, perhaps because the rebels have threatened to launch an assault of their own to come back in. >> couric: mark, how critical is controlling this town to the overall effort for either side? >> reporter: the rebels holdout here, which lasted the better part of the week, was a real embarrassment to muammar qaddafi and the regime because it's right on the doorstep tripoli. it's literally a 30- or 4 40-minute drive from the outskirts of the capital. to have rebels holding out here and holding so firmly against repeated government assaults was very much a problem for qaddafi
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because everybody knew it was happening. and any sign of weakness, any chunk in the armor of the regime here, would make them look vulnerable. >> couric: mark fills reporting for us tonight from libya. mark, thank you. also today, some shuttle diplomacy as a fleet of jets left tripoli, libyan diplomats flew to cairo, malta, "liz ban and brussels, an effort by qaddafi to head off foreign military intervention. at the white house, military options were on the table today as president obama's top advisers discussed a range of possible operations, including one that would ground libya's air force by imposing a no-fly zone. but as david martin reports, every option comes with considerable risks. >> reporter: while the fighting continues, the u.s. is searching for options that would both force qaddafi to quit and that the rest of the world can agree on. >> we believe it's important that this not be an american or
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a nato or a european effort. it needs to be an international one. and there is still a lot of opposition. >> reporter: the most dramatic option under serious consideration is to establish a no-fly zone that would put an end to the bombing runs conducted by qaddafi's air force. defense secretary gates has warned that would require airstrikes against libya, most likely cruise missiles fired from ships offshore. >> a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya. to destroy the air defenses. >> this is not risk-free. as a matter of fact, it's very high risk. >> reporter: now retired, david deptula ran a no-fly zone over iraq with the force of 50 planes and 1600 people. >> with that number of people and aircraft, we operated inside iraqi airspace about six hours a day, three to four times a week. >> reporter: that's him in the front seat of an f-15. iraqi aircraft rarely challenged the zone but there was still a
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danger to american pilots. >> there were many times that we would fly that we would get shot at with air defenses. >> reporter: no planes were ever lost, but 26 people died when two u.s. helicopters were mistakenly shot down by an american jet over the no-fly zone. because they fly close to the ground, helicopters are harder to identify on radar than jets, and helicopter are an important part of qaddafi's arsenal. >> i think probably the greatest threat or the-- are the helicopter-type forces. >> reporter: there are other ways to shackle qaddafi's forces. the u.n. has already imposed an arms embargo, and naval ships could be used to enforce it. but even an embargo takes time to work. any decision to intervene appears to be days away. as for the fighting it has entered what one u.s. official calls the stalemate phase. katie enter and, david, as we heard earlier the rebels appear to be losing ground in some cases to qaddafi's air force. is there anything they can do to turn things around themselves?
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>> reporter: well the rebels do have shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. they just need to figure out how to use them. if they can figure out how to do that then they can start shooting down qaddafi's planes on their own. >> couric: meanwhile, this was an emotional ash wednesday in the philadelphia area. at many catholic churches, prigsers got very upsetting news. elaine quijano went to one of them. >> reporter: as they left ash ash mass many preckers in the st. isaac jogues diocese was angry. they were just told their pastor was placed on leave pending a sex abuse investigation. >> it's not right and tow think these holy men can do these outrageous things. >> reporter: father harris was one of 24 priests suspended nearly a month after a scathing report detailing allegations of child sex abuse by clergy and
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accusing top church officials like monteenior william lynn, of shielding abusive priests. he is now the first first to face charges for allegedly covering up abuse. >> i think we need to pray for priests. it's very sad that an enemy comes into the church. >> reporter: the report recommended the church review 37 previously closed cases of priests suspected of abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. the archdiocese suspended three priests almost immediately and yesterday announced 21 more suspensions pending further review. today, the cardinal apologized. >> i personally renew my deep sorrow to the victims of sexual abuse in the community of the church who suffer as a result of this great evil and crime. >> reporter: some parishioners are willing to give the accused a chance. >> don't rush to judgment. you don't know what the charges are. don't rush to judgment. >> reporter: the clerky
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suspensions raise even more questions-- mainly did these priests interact with children, and if so, were those interactions appropriate? katie. >> couric: elaine quijano in philadelphia, thank you, elaine. in illinois, prisoners will no longer face the death penalty. governor pat quinn assigned a bill today abolishing it. 34 states still have the death penalty. it's been 12 years since the last execution in illinois. 15 inmates on death row will now serve life sentences with no chance of parole. in washington state, there's been an arrest in the attempted backpack bombing at a martin luther king day parade. the f.b.i. picked up kevin harp today. sources say he's been the member of a neo-nazi group. the bomb was discovered along the parade route and disarmed. he is charged with trying to set off a weapon of mass destruction. in an arizona courtroom, jared loughner, the man accused of the
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massacre in tucson, pleaded not guilty to a series of new federal charges. john blackstone is in tucson tonight, and, john, this is the first time loughner has actually come face to face with some of the victims. >> reporter: that's right, katie. this arraignment was moved from phoenix to the federal courthouse here in tucson so that those most affected by the shooting could be present. and in appearance at least, it was a different jared loughner who walked into the courtroom. his head no longer shaved, the accused shooter now has a full head of short, dark hair with long sideburns, but entering court with chains at his ankles and wrists, he had the same grin that seemed so shocking in his first booking photo. two of those who were wounded were in the front row of the courtroom seeing loughner for the first time since the day they were shot. bill badger, who was one of those who pindown the gunman, stared sternally at loughner. susan hilman gripped her husband's hand and at times seemed to fight tears when loughner first entered. at the time of the shooting she
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was with nine-year-old christina green, the youngest person killed. through his attorney, loughner pleaded not guilty to all 49 countdown. ron barber is still recovering from a bullet wound in his leg. he decided not of not to go to court today. >> it's been a roller coaster ride for me and i'm sure many others who were there that day. >> reporter: loughner spoke only once in court today and it was strange. when the clerk asked if his name was jared lee loughner, he answered in a surprised tone, yes, it is. >> couric: john blackstone, john, thanks very much. by the way, congresswoman giffords could be well enough to travel to florida to see her husband, astronaut mark kelly, lift off in the "endeavor" april 19. today "discovery" made a perfect landing. in 39 missions over 27 years "discovery" logged more than 148 million miles. next up, retirement possibly at the smithsonian.
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and coming up on the cbs evening news, a controversial hearing-- are muslims being targeted unfairly? and later, she lost her sister but saved her family and tonight's american spirit.
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>> couric: some controversial
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hearings begin tomorrow on capitol hill. their focus on the radicalization of american muslims. but as nancy cordes reports, many are expressing their objections. >> we need to be treated as partners, not as suspects. >> reporter: a group of muslim leaders gathered today to condemn tomorrow's hearing and the manned behind it. >> the proposed hearing essentially casts doubt on an entire community. >> reporter: but republican peter king of new york contends he's just being practical by restricting the focus of his radicalization hearing to one group-- american muslims. >> there is no threat coming from members of other religions, other than acting as individuals. >> reporter: king's contention-- that muslims have been slow to report radicalization in their midst has sparked protests in new york and a rebuttal from the attorney general. >> leaders of the muslim community and the muslim community itself have contributed significantly to the resolution of many of the things that we have resolved over the course of the last 12 to 18 months. >> reporter: violent islamist
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extremism is hardly a tabu topic on capitol hill. the senate has held more than a dozen hearings on the issue in the past five years, but the leaders of that committee never assertedarchs king has, that most american mosques are run by violent extremists, leading to accusations that he is on a mccarthy-style witch-hunt. when you hear yourself be compared to joe mccarthy, does that make you recoil? >> no, and i see the people who are attacking me, i'm gratified. >> reporter: king says it will become clear that his intentions are good, but capitol police will have an increased presence at the hearing anyway because of the passions it has stirred. and we know there will be protests outside that hearing tomorrow. what we don't know right now, katie, is just how large those protests will be. >> couric: but as you mentioned, nancy, there will be additional security? >> reporter: that's right, capitol police say they know that passions are running high on both sides of this debate. so they always have a presence at hearings, but they will be there in force tomorrow.
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>> couric: all right, nancy cordes on capitol hill, nancy, thank you. when it came to american politics few knew add much as david broader. the "washington post" columnist died today of complications from diabetes. he was often called the dean of the washington press corps and won a pulitzer prize in 1973 for his coverage of watergate. known for his even-handed insight, brodder's columns ran in 300 newspapers nationwide. he was also a frequent guest on the sunday morning news shows. david brodder was 81.
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>> couric: a heartbreaking story from central pennsylvania. seven children, ages 7 months to 11 years, died when their home caught fire last night. the only surviving child, a three-year-old girl, ran to her mother in a barn to warn her. but it was too late. meanwhile, the f.d.a. today approved a new drug for treating lupus, the first in more than 50 years. it's called benlysta, and it stops some of the flare-ups and pain caused by lupus, an auto immune disease. the injections, however, don't stop the deadliest forms of the disease and they tonight work for african americans, the group most commonly affected by lupus. meanwhile, the new list is out of the world's top billionaires. carlos slim is number one with a net worth of $74 billion. bill gates is second with $56 billion. he would have been first had he not given a third of his fortune to charity.
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warren buffet, who plans to give 99% of her welt away is third. meanwhile, money is nice but do you need to get married to live happily ever after and what about having kids? in in a pew survey today, 52% said being a good parent is the most important thing in life while only 30% say the same of being in a successful marriage, that's a 22-point gap in the two and a big change between 1997 when the gap was only seven points. and coming up next, one family that stays together.
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>> couric: finally tonight, any parent will tell you it's hard enough to raise one child, but imagine taking on the responsibility of suddenly caring for nine. as wyatt antres tells us, for one mom it's all in the family in tonight's "american spirit." >> diamond has the kitchen. >> reporter: in the family chaos of a sunday afternoon, chores are being assigned to all nine taylor family children.
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there's pizza coming from the oven. >> that's one done. >> reporter: and there's a dance contest under way downstairs. it's part of the mayhem produced by a loving, close-knit family that is still together-- >> you washed your face and brushed your teeth already? >> reporter: because that was chanda taylor's choice. >> the first thing i thought is what am i going to do with all of these kids? >> reporter: chandra's choice came just five months ago after her sister, tara, drowned. chandra and tara were best friends as adults, but when they were children, their parents had separated and the sisters grew up in different homes. >> so we were always here and there, everywhere, separated, separated, separated. >> reporter: so chanda, a single mom with one child, decided to take all eight of tara's children, from 1 17-year-old tiron to three-year-old gina. she told foster care officials the children would not be split up, period. so when she died, you were take
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separation ends right now? >> year, that's it. no for more separation. no more separation. >> reporter: five months later, chanda is raising nine children and still works as a clerk in a law firm. food stamps and church donations help with the impossible grocery bills but it's a struggle that she's never second guessed. >> i wouldn't be able to live with myself if i didn't have them. >> i am amazed every time i think about it. >> reporter: one of the family's ministers says without chanda, tara's eight children would have gone to their different fathers or to different foster homes gee, i i think it would have just caused so much more pain if they had been split up. it would have been terrible. >> reporter: the children, meanwhile, who still mourn the loss of their mother are, grateful that aunt ch-- >> nda stepped up. if it wasn't for her, none of us would be together right now. >> reporter: is it hard? >> every morning it hard. every day is hard, every day. >> reporter: she explains
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missing her sister is hard. >> you want milk in your cream of wheat? >> reporter: managing nine children is hard. >> you say you want cinnamon? >> reporter: but the choice she made to embrace all this chaos-- >> now, now! >> reporter: that wasn't hard at all. wyatt andrews, cbs news, lanham, maryland. >> couric: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. i'm katie couric. thank you for watching. i'll see you again tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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CBS Evening News With Katie Couric
CBS March 9, 2011 7:00pm-7:30pm EST

News/Business. Katie Couric. The latest world and national news. New. (CC) (Stereo)

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